Moro rebel group leaders vote for the first time

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — It was a historic day for the biggest Moro group in the country as its core members and leaders voted for the first time in nationwide elections.

Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), led by its chairman Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, participated in the national and election polls on Monday in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

While MILF members first exercised their rights to vote in the January Bangsamoro plebiscite, Monday’s elections marked their first participation in a partisan political process in decades.

READ: Moro rebel group leader votes in historic Bangsamoro plebiscite

This was also seen as a preparation for the Bangsamoro government’s own elections in 2022.

The Commission on Elections ratified the Bangsamoro Organic Law in January, paving the way for the creation of a new autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao. A transition body, headed by Murad, currently leads the interim government for the autonomous region.